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Monktec sheds new light on a classic sound

Every periodic dalliance between electronic music and the mainstream brings with it its own period-specific genre misnomer.

For now, we seem to have settled on the mostly acceptable catchall EDM (electronic dance music), but for many years after the emergence of techno in the late ’80s, and well on into the ’90s, any type of electronic dance music was labeled, often derisively, as “techno.” That wasn’t accurate, of course, as techno — along with many other longstanding styles of electronic music — is itself a sub-genre, with its own lineage of micro-genres, each with their own specifications, ranging from hard, to minimal, to ambient, to Detroit, to tech house, and on and on. You could spend a lifetime dissecting the minutiae of each — and certainly many fans do.

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